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Chinatown

Can you say "Yum?" Chinatown has the hustle and bustle of a major metropolitan area, with all of the favorite, authentic restaurants and cultural centers that make this area fun and unique.

At a Glance

BOUNDARIES

Vine Street is the northern boundary, Filbert street to the south and Broad Street to the west, with 7th Street to the east.

TRANSPORTATION

SEPTA's Broad-Ridge Spur and numerous bus lines.

LINKS

FURTHER READING

Overview

If you need even more reason to call this place home, then consider The Reading Terminal Market and The Pennsylvania Convention Center are both located within Chinatown. That's right, two of the biggest drawls to the city fall within the Chinatown borders.

Just north of the East Marker corridor you’ll find the bustling section of the city, Chinatown. Here you’ll find tons of mixed-use buildings, mainly comprising of restaurants and boutiques. If you’re looking for a single family home with a yard, this may not be the best place to start looking but if you’re in the market for an excellent condo that is centrally located, this is the place to be. Chinatown is generally divided into Chinatown North and Chinatown South. The south part of Chinatown is South of Vine all the way to Filbert Street. This part of Chinatown is where visitors spend most of their time. North of Vine St. up to Callowhill what is also deemed the “loft district” is considered Chinatown North. Here you’ll find industrial buildings which in recent years have been transformed in modern lofts. Both sections of Chinatown have been growing in recent years. With the expansion of the Convention Center and the development of new businesses in the area, there seems as if there is no slowing down in Chinatown.

Just about every large metropolitan city has a Chinatown and each Chinatown has it’s own characteristics and ambiance. Philadelphia’s Chinatown situated within the borders of Filbert Street to Callowhill Street, 12th Street to 8th Street is a hotbed for adventurous foodies. With Asian markets and shops selling exotic produce as well as a plethora of traditional Chinese restaurants such as Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House, Imperial Inn, and Vietnam Palace to more exotic spots such as Penang, Sang Kee Peking Duck House and Xi’an Sizzling Woks. Basically there’s something for every palate. Aside from the amazing food culture, you will also find plenty of entertainment options from karaoke at Yakatori Boy, Tango and Ken’s Seafood to live music at The Trocadero. There is no shortage of things to do in this bustling urban epicenter filled with rich culture.

This perk allows for healthy mix of activities for local residents. Whether you’re checking out popular convention attractions or peruse the farmer’s markets, there’s always something to do. Looking to get away for a bit? No problem as the local Greyhound Bus Terminal is also located in the heart of Chinatown. With buses leaving on an hourly basis to popular destinations such as Atlantic City and New York, you’d be hard pressed to find another area of town that allows for such easy travel. Last but not least is the shopping. There are countless one-of-a-kind boutiques and markets in and around Chinatown. From unique clothes, household goods to exotic foods, Chinatown creates an atmosphere unlike anywhere else in the city.